Rooms at La Siesta Central Hotel are classically elegant and many have superb views of Hoan Kiem Lake. — Photo by La Siesta Hotel & Spa
The hotel’s Twilight Sky Bar is one of Hanoi’s best perches for cocktails and other premium drinks. — Photo by La Siesta Hotel & Spa

Panoramic views of Hoan Kiem Lake, a prime Old Quarter setting and an exclusive spa are three of the many selling points at the new La Siesta Central, a 27-room boutique hotel that marks its grand opening in Hanoi on August 15th.

With its tapestry of colorful neighborhoods, colonial architecture and emerald lakes, Vietnam"s capital lacks nothing in charismatic locations.

Few are quite as evocative as its central lake – for many the defining feature in the ancient city.

Although bijou, the new property – owned and operated by leading Vietnamese boutique hotel brand Elegance Hospitality Group (EHG) – makes full use of its proximity to the legendary body of water.

A total of 19 rooms have views of the lake, highly uncommon in Hanoi where high real estate prices and stiff competition in the hotel sector put a hefty premium on such a prime spot.

Indeed, the property"s incredible situation makes it an ideal base from which to strike out within the Old Quarter – Hanoi"s centuries-old hub of commerce – and to nearby highlights such as the French Quarter, a charming enclave of broad avenues and majestic buildings, which is laid out just south of the central lake.

Things are equally inspiring within the hotel, whose conversion from a historic private dwelling was directed by EHG chairman Do Van Dan, a trained architect who takes a leading role in the design of all the properties under the group"s umbrella.

Thoughtful touches abound throughout the hotel. Dark wood paneling and use of intricate patterned tiling characterize stately interiors, while numerous black and white artworks in public areas and rooms enhances the classic feel of the property.

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